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Mum Discovers Fish With 'Human Teeth' While Walking On Beach

Mum Discovers Fish With 'Human Teeth' While Walking On Beach

For most people, the idea of taking a nice stroll along a beach is idyllic - however, it felt more like a scene from a horror movie for one mum when she spotted something washed up on the shore.

Maleah Burrows, 31, was on St Simon's Island in Georgia, US, when she came across the lifeless body of a fish in the sand. But it was only on closer inspection that she saw it had 'human teeth'.

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Talking about the bizarre discovery, she said: "We were just walking along the beach and it was washed up far from the shoreline and caught our attention.

"I originally just thought it was a plain old fish - nothing exciting, but I still wanted to show my three-year-old.

"Then as we got closer I saw all the teeth and I was shocked because I'd never seen anything like it!"

The mum was startled when she cam across the strange creature. Credit: Pen News
The mum was startled when she cam across the strange creature. Credit: Pen News

According to reports, what Maleah had found was the remains of a sheepshead, a fish that uses its gnarly teeth to crush shrimp, crabs and mussels.

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The cheeky blighters also have a reputation for stealing bait from fishermen.

They are usually found along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts of the US - Sheepshead Bay in New York City is named after them.

Maleah, from Charlotte, North Carolina, said: "It had really thick, large scales on its body which was interesting.

"It had an entire mouthful of teeth - they weren't pointy but blunt like an animal's. Behind its first row of teeth were buds that filled up its entire mouth.

Maleah couldn't believe it when she saw it had 'human teeth'. Credit: Pen News
Maleah couldn't believe it when she saw it had 'human teeth'. Credit: Pen News

"I'm not sure what they were, but I'm guessing more teeth."

Typically, a Sheepheads begin to develop teeth when they're about 4.5mm long and they have a full set by the time they're 15mm long.

Over time they can grow up to 76cm long and often reach half a metre in size.

Looking back at it, Maleah says the thought of it swimming about in the sea gives her the creeps.

She added: "It freaked me out a little bit thinking that something like this was swimming in the same water we were and how bad it would feel to get bitten by it!

The Sheepshead is known for its strange teeth which they use to chew on shrimps and crabs. Credit: Pen News
The Sheepshead is known for its strange teeth which they use to chew on shrimps and crabs. Credit: Pen News

"Every person I've shown the pictures to has been shocked because they've never seen anything like it."

Wow. Be careful out there, guys.

Featured Image Credit: Pen News

Topics: Funny, Interesting, US News, Weird, Animals

Dominic Smithers

Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]

 

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